Psalm 51 v 10-12 - Memorizing the Bible

I could never do it!

          Do what?

Memorize a chapter of one of the Books of the Bible!

          Yeah that's not so easy,  BUT  you can learn a verse or a few verses of the Bible.

Let's look at a few verses from one of the Psalms

Many people think they could never manage to memorize a whole Psalm or a whole chapter of Scripture.

It is a rather daunting challenge especially if you have never learned any scripture before.

But we are not going to tackle a full Psalm we will simply take on three verses of the 51st Psalm

verses 10 - 12

"Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, 

and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, 

and uphold me with Thy free Spirit."


So in memorizing this verse we will look at 4 things:
  • Memorising Tips 
  • A Music Video of Psalm 51 v 10-12
  • Some Freebies to help you.

Memorising Tips
If you read the Top 10 Ways to Learn Scripture you will see that I give 10 tips to help in this process but we don't have to use all 10 of them on each verse - just the ones that suit best with the verse.

For Psalm 51 v 10 - 12 I'm going to advise using tips 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 & 10

1.  Read the verse often, every day, multiple times in the day.

Leave a bookmark in your bible and every time you go past it grab the bible and open at the verse etc.  (you will pick up other ideas later in this post).

Reading and repeating somethings over and over is the natural way to get it into your head.

With this verse it is obvious to think of it and separate it to learn into the three parts ie. the 3 verses

"Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.


Cast me not away from Thy presence, 

and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.


Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, 

and uphold me with Thy free Spirit."


2.  Write out the verse several times.

Why?  Because he action of  WRITING  helps us learn anything.

The first verse above can be written on two lines of a page and the next verse on the next two lines and then the last verse on the next two lines.

So you are writing it in three parts just as reading it in the three verses as in no.1 above.

7.  Understand the meaning of the verse.

We will never memorize anything properly without having understood the meaning of it and knowing the meaning helps us remember the order of the parts of the verses.

In these verses we have three sections which refer to two things each and these two things are similar.

Hence we work on the pairing of these similar things. 

First pairing 
Create in me a clean heart   &   Renew a right spirit within me

Second pairing       
Cast me not away from Thy presence & take not Thy Holy Spirit from me

Third pairing       
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation & uphold me with Thy free Spirit 

This is not just a scrambled prayer it is well structured and obviously the Psalmist had been thinking seriously about how He should pray.

8.  Make it easy to see the verse clearly and regularly each day.

In no.1 above I mentioned your bible and a bookmark


we cannot have our Bible at hand every moment of the day so if you feel you need frequent readings of the verse like pop-up reminders then do the following:

Get a post-it pad and write the verse out clearly on it then tear off the post-it and stick it on
  • the mirror you will use first thing each morning and last thing each night
  • the front cover of your Bible
  • the front cover of the book you are currently reading
  • the door of the fridge
  • the inside of the door of the cupboard where you go to get your favourite mug for that cup of coffee

9.  Make or use Bible Verse Graphics 

The picture of Psalm 51 v 10 - 12 near the start of this post is an example of a Bible Verse Graphic.

A picture with the words written on it clearly.

By making these yourself you will learn as you create them.


by using ones made for you that you keep close to hand to see and read frequently such as my Free printable for these verses

I also post a bible verse graphic every morning on my
so if you want to be encouraged by a verse each day or have a graphic you can SHARE to your timeline or SAVE in Facebook then click through to my Facebook Page and be sure to like and follow the page to see those graphics in your feed each day.

or Word Search Puzzles

While finding the words of a Bible Verse in a Word Search Puzzle you will be spending time around the words and this also helps to learn the verse.

or Phone Screensavers / Wallpaper

What better use of your phone - to keep that verse in front of you each time you go to check your messages.

For this you will need it to be a suitable portrait shape and size so most of the normal verse graphics you see will not suit.

I have a few verses made out for screen savers & you can download them from

and finally my favourite way 
but it is not always possible to use this method

10.  Sing it.

It is well known that in singing a song you can easily learn the words of the song.

Fred & I have made several short videos of songs/choruses to help you memorize certain verses and you can watch the one for Psalm 51 v 10 - 12 below


 I've also prepared a playlist of Short Songs to memorize Scripture on YouTube:

Some Freebies to help you.

Don't forget that many of my posts on the blog have bible verse graphics and I have some of these available as free downloads in my

also that's where you will find the phone screen savers for some verses.

Why not pin this pic to come back later